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Environment Agency

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what changes he has made to the Environment Agency’s 2006-07 budget allocations since January; and if he will make a statement; (99232)

(2) what the effects of the changes to the Environment Agency’s 2006-07 budget will be on projects and financial commitments; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what discussions he has had with the Environment Agency on changes to their 2006-07 performance targets.

Following completion of the Spending Review in 2004, the Environment Agency (EA) was given a provisional budget for DEFRA funding of £575 million for 2006-07 (including Flood Defence, Fisheries and Environment Protection). After the budget setting exercise the total 2006-07 DEFRA funding to the EA was confirmed, at the beginning of the financial year, as £571 million. A budget reduction of £23.7 million has been applied in-year.

Managing the budget changes to minimise their impacts is a matter for the EA Board. After consideration, the EA has decided to reduce and delay a range of projects across its business areas.

The EA is currently considering the impacts of the budgetary decisions on the 2006-07 performance targets as established in their corporate plan.